21 Savage Dethrones Taylor Swift, Tops Australia’s Albums Chart with ‘American Dream’

21 Savage Dethrones Taylor Swift, Tops Australia’s Albums Chart with ‘American Dream’

In a chart-shaking turn of events, 21 Savage’s latest release, American Dream (via Epic/Sony), has put an end to Taylor Swift’s dominant run on Australia’s albums chart. The London-born, Atlanta-based rapper secures his first solo No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, marking a historic moment and shifting the music landscape Down Under.

21 Savage’s sixth studio album, American Dream, swiftly claims the top spot, overthrowing Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) (via Universal), which held a remarkable reign for 11 consecutive weeks. While 21 Savage previously achieved notable success with collaborative efforts, such as 2022’s Her Loss featuring Drake (No. 2) and 2020’s Savage Mode II with Metro Boomin (No. 4), this marks his highest-charting solo album.

Several tracks from American Dream also make waves on the ARIA Chart, with “Redrum” securing the No. 23 position and “Née-Nah” (with Travis Scott and Metro Boomin) landing at No. 34. The new chart topper demonstrates 21 Savage’s growing influence and popularity in the Australian music scene.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) may have relinquished its throne, but the global pop sensation still maintains a stronghold on the ARIA top 10. With five Swift titles in the mix, her influence remains formidable, especially with the upcoming The Eras Tour set to captivate fans during seven stadium shows across Sydney and Melbourne.

Meanwhile, on the ARIA Singles Chart, Jack Harlow enjoys an impressive ninth non-consecutive week at No. 1 with “Lovin On Me” (Atlantic/Warner). This achievement positions Harlow as the solo male artist with the longest run at the top since The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” dominated for 11 weeks in 2020.

Ariana Grande makes a triumphant return to the singles chart with “Yes, And?” (Universal), claiming the No. 2 spot. This marks her first solo top 40 hit in Australia in almost three years and sets the stage for her upcoming seventh studio album, Eternal Sunshine, scheduled for release on March 8.

Adding a touch of nostalgia to the chart, early noughts pop hits from the U.K. are experiencing a resurgence. Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s 2001 hit “Murder On The Dancefloor” (Universal) surges to No. 12, fueled by its sync to the film Saltburn. Similarly, Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten” (Sony), celebrating its 20th anniversary, reenters at No. 18 after being featured in the rom-com Anyone But You. The enduring appeal of these classics attests to the timeless magic of their melodies in the cinematic realm.

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